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York Cold War Bunker

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Address: Monument Close, off Acomb Road, York YO24 4HT, England
Phone Number: +44 1904 646940
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Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Description: Experience the threat of nuclear war at York Cold War Bunker! On a...
Experience the threat of nuclear war at York Cold War Bunker! On a fascinating guided tour, learn how volunteers would have played a vital role in ensuring that Britain could survive a nuclear attack. The atmospheric 1960s semi-subterranean bunker is just as it was when stood down in 1991, and the one hour guided tour is enhanced by a short film. Winter opening: Every Sunday, admission by guided tour at the following times: 10.00, 11.15, 11.45, 13.00, 14:15, And 15:00.
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Beautiful Cathedral

Beautiful cathedral recomend that you take a guided tour because you will get so much more out of the cathedral. Look for the little plaques on the roof.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Beautiful cathedral recomend that you take a guided tour because you will get so much more out of the cathedral. Look for the little plaques on the roof.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

Tour guide was great. Bunker wasn't much, worth going to if your have the extra time. I wouldn't use precious time to go here. I've been to nuclear bomb bunker's before in the states so therefor this was alittle more of a bummer for us. Parking is free. Place can be hard to find, its in the middle of a... More 

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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

I arranged a trip here, as something that i thought would appeal to my other half - who is interested in the war years, and found that I was bowled over! Hidden away in a housing estate, what a find.. A piece of history, restored. Gave a real sense of the not so far gone past, where a network of... More 

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York, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

I've lived in York all my life near enough and didn't know about the war bunker so when I found out I thought it would be interesting to go along and see what it would have been like all those years ago during the cold war. It has been well preserved and gives you a good idea of what it... More 

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York, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

You could spend an afternoon here there is so much to read and look at. The Royal Observer Corps were based at the Bunker and plotted bomb fall out etc - not as boring as it sounds; well worth a visit.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

I have never been a heritage site before that has struck me so vividly. Maybe it's because the bunker was in use for at least some of my life-time, but I think the way the interior has been preserved and the story-telling skills of our guide would have had an impact on teenagers as well. Haunting and unsettling, a visit... More 

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RachaelBowers, Manager at York Cold War Bunker, responded to this review

Hi Hannah, Thank you for reviewing York Cold War Bunker, it means so much to our staff to know that your visit made such a lasting impression. We are certainly very lucky to have such an authentic and complete bunker, and the stories of the ROC volunteers who worked there. Regards, Rachael. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 via mobile

The guided tour was fantastic and very informative and gave me a true understanding of its importance to York and the country during the cold war.the guide was great she new everything about the bunker and even sister sites too and was really funny and freidly. Thou it is a shame the bunker is only open on a Sunday. But... More 

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RachaelBowers, Manager at York Cold War Bunker, responded to this review

HI Stuart, I'm glad that you enjoyed your tour of York Cold war Bunker, all the staff are so proud of the site and its history. As more and more people are hearing about the bunker it popularity has grown, so we shall be increasing our opening hours to five days a week in Summer and all weekend in Winter.... More 

Birkdale, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Unexpected find in Acomb. Very well run and all explained clearly with questions answered. Amazing to think these places were needed. Well kept in good condition.

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N yorks
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 via mobile

English Heritage book said no need to book a tour, but would try to ring ahead to at least find out what time the tours are on. Not well signposted, so SatNav useful to find it. Limited parking.We just missed a tour and there is no where to wait for an hour until the next, s we walked into town... More 

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London UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015 via mobile

Visited on Sunday after getting a recommendation from another heritage site. Place is a bit out of the way, you can get a bus from the station / drive but a bit far to walk. Any visitor needs to plan carefully when they visit as tours only at certain times of the day and no way to book them. The... More 

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